Windows 10 May 2020 Update release date, features, and news

Windows 10 desktop

Windows 10 May 2020 Update is the major update for Microsoft’s
constantly-evolving operating system. Also known as Windows 10
version 2004 or 20H1, the May 2020 Update is another attempt at
improving the desktop experience with new features, performance
improvements and more.

This update follows in the footsteps of May 2019 Update. Like
the last year’s major update, it will also introduce a set of
new features including WSL 2.0 and other improvements to
Windows 10.

In this article, we’ve gathered every information you need to
know about the May 2020 Update.

Key points

  • It’s the next major ‘free’ update for Windows 10.
  • The rollout will begin between May 26-28.
  • All existing devices are supported.

Windows 10 May 2020 Update release date

Windows 10 May 2020 Update was originally supposed to roll out
to mainstream consumers on May 12, but Microsoft pushed it back
a bit to patch a zero-day security vulnerability.

A leaked schedule revealed that the update will be released
between May 26 and May 28, but a rumour suggests that it will
happen on May 28.

In the meantime, you can always download and install it by
enrolling your PC in the Release Preview ring of the Windows
Insider Program.

It’s also worth noting that not everyone will get it straight
away, which means that if it comes out on May 28, users will be
able to get it via Windows Update by the first week of June.

Microsoft will also follow the same “throttled approach to the
rollout,” so users will be getting it in waves. The first wave
begins on May 28 and the update will widely become available in
July or later.

While the wait time is frustrating, it’s a good idea because it
means that issues can be identified and fixed with Windows 10
version 2004 before it reaches everyone.

If you want to force your PC to download the update on May 28,
you should be able to do it with Media Creation Tool, Update
Assistant and media image.

The version number and naming scheme

Microsoft is once again using the year and month as the naming
scheme for Windows 10 versions. However, in order to avoid
confusion with Windows Server 2003, Microsoft has used 2004,
not 2003, to refer to May 2020 Update.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based Edge)

Windows 10 KB4559309

After the public rollout of May 2020 Update, Microsoft is also
planning to replace legacy Edge with Chromium-based Edge via
another Windows Update.

Requirements and compatibility

If you use Windows 10 version 1909 and 1903, you should be able
to upgrade to version 2004 without applying any changes to the

Intel has already released DCH drivers for Windows 10 May 2020
Update and other chipmakers including AMD and Nvidia are
planning to add support for the update later this month.

Reserved space is now optional

Reserved storage CMD

Windows 10 version 1903 brought with it a controversial
feature that reserve 7GB of space on the hard drive to store
temporary data and Windows Update files.

The idea is that this will make Windows Update process easier
and prevent people from experiencing an error where updates are
not installed due to lack of space. While the concept is good,
reserved storage consumes up to 10GB of storage and many users
don’t like Windows 10 consuming additional storage.

Fortunately, you can now finally disable Reserved Storage with
the DISM tool in Windows 10 version 2004 or newer.

32-bit system no longer supported on new PCs

On new PCs,
Microsoft is ending support for the 32-bit version of Windows
10. The PC manufacturers are now required to ship their
devices with Windows 10 64-bit and at least 32GB of internal

10th-generation Intel processors and Ryzen 4000 series are now

May 2020 Update also adds support for the 10th-generation Intel
processors and as well as the AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 lineup for
both desktops and laptops.

New icons

Windows 10 modern icons

Windows 10’s May 2020 Update introduces a new set of icons for
first-party apps including File Explorer, Notepad, Office,
etc. This would work to provide more consistency between
Windows 10 and Windows 10X.

Video playback performance improvement

As we have reported previously,
Windows 10 version 2004 is a huge upgrade for gamers.

It will bring in Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.7 to
improve video output, video performance, and the refresh rate
on multi-monitor setups.

Cloud Download

Windows 10 Cloud Download

Microsoft will also make it easier to reset Windows 10 with
Cloud Download feature, which allows you to reinstall Windows
10 from a system image that’s held online in Microsoft servers.

Windows Search

Windows Search is also getting smarter in this release and it
will only index the files when you’re not actively using your
PC. This should
improve the overall performance of low-end systems with HDD

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